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   Posted 9/2/2008 4:37 AM (GMT -6)   
With my arthritis flaring up along w/ my uc does anyone take ibuprophen to help w/ arthritis?  Before starting on the canasa I would take the ibuprophen whenever "arthur" flared up.  Now I am not sure if I should.  Of course I wll call my doctor, but I suppose I was curious.
Also, I have been on Canasa for a week now - the blood is not as bad, but still mucus and D but what I pass also has a white color to it along w/ brown.  Is this normal?  Can't wait til Wednesday when I can sit here and study. 
I am a bit overwhelmed still and nervous about all this uc business.  Have developed a sensitive area on the right side of my rib cage and it goes around to the right of my back.  I suppose that is nerves.
Anyway, any comments are greatly appreciated.
Diagnosised 8/25/08
Canasa (so far)

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Date Joined Aug 2005
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   Posted 9/2/2008 4:54 AM (GMT -6)   
NSAIDs may bring on symptoms.

NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as ibuprofen and naproxen sodium can cause inflammation and worsen bleeding in the small intestine. People with UC should consult with their gastroenterologist before taking NSAIDs, even those available at drug stores. There is new evidence to suggest that the risk may not be as significant as once thought, but many gastroenterologists still recommend that their patients with IBD not use these drugs.

Talk to your doctor about the risks of using ibuprofen. Most people with UC avoid it.
Personally, I found it worked better than acetaminophen, but this was years ago. As I grew older and my symptoms worsened my mom discovered that I shouldn't be taking ibuprofen and I haven't had any since. I don't think it's worth it for me. Although let me be clear my symptoms did not worsen to to ibuprofen and taking acetaminophen did not make them better, just lessened the pain.
Diagnosed with UC in August 2005. 
Suffered for my whole life before being diagnosed. 
Told to "Eat more fibre." 
Currently on:

Salofalk 1500mg x 4/day
6mg x 1/day
Entocort increased to:
9mg x 3/day as of 2.14.08

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   Posted 9/2/2008 9:39 AM (GMT -6)   
NSAIDS are not recommended due to their propensity for causing GI bleeding. However, I have really bad arthritis and I do take Naproxen daily with my GI's knowledge. If I don't take it, I don't walk; it's as simple as that for me. You might try tylenol, but if it doesn't work, talk to your doc about the ibuprofen.
The white in your stool is probably the remains of the Canasa, nothing to worry about. It sounds as if you're getting better, so focus on that!

Judy - Southern US 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from Entocort.
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
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Please remember to consult your health care provider when making health-related decisions.

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Date Joined May 2003
Total Posts : 297
   Posted 9/2/2008 6:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh man Advil makes me bleed like a stuck pig.
Age: 30
Sex: Yes please!
Location: Missouri
Diagnosed with UC in 1997.
Medications: 100 mg Azathioprine a day, Mesa rectal meds
Supplements: calcium, and multivitamin
No. of colonoscopies: 5
Last scope: 6/7/08-everything looked ok.

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   Posted 9/2/2008 6:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Tylenol (acetaminophen) is the only OTC pain reliever generally green lighted by gastros. I occasionally take aspirin but avoid ibuprofen if at all possible.

From WebMD:

Generally, doctors recommend that you do not use nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen or naproxen). Studies have linked these pain relievers with flare-ups of ulcerative colitis. However, some people may be more likely to have flare-ups from NSAIDs than others. Talk to your health professional about whether to avoid these medicines.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal. Long-term remission with only minor blips.

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   Posted 9/2/2008 9:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Gigi. It's generally recommended that UCers avoid NSAIDs (including ibuprofen). However, Aleve is the only thing that helps my severe headaches, so I do take it about twice a week. My GI said it's okay to take it every once in a while if I need to (I think he was saying a few times a month, although he didn't really specify) as long as I don't notice worsening symptoms after taking it. He also told me that most people would notice pretty soon after taking an NSAID if it affected their UC. I would still ask your GI about it beforehand though.
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day; Rowasa nightly; Canasa weekly; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin

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Date Joined Dec 2007
Total Posts : 31
   Posted 9/3/2008 12:55 PM (GMT -6)   
you have my sympathies.  My experience is that tylenol does not really affect joint pain much.  I spoke to my GI about it and she said the occasional does of ibuprofen (NSAIDs) would be okay if not flaring / bleeding.  The problem is that when it flares up, joint point happens every day.  This leads me to complain about a larger issue which is that many GIs are very good at dealing with the colonic symptoms but not extra-intestinal ones.  They'll tell you that extra-intestinal symptoms are a manifestation of UC but then move on without discussing how one can deal with / treat these symptoms.  Sometimes joint pain is the most activity-restrictive aspect of the disease for me.  Aaarrrgggghhh!

pan colitis (diag: Nov 05)
Meds: salofalk7 to 10 tabs/day depending on disease status; imuran 75mg/day; entocort when flaring; cortifoam when flaring; pantoloc; VSL#3; vitamin D and calcium; fosomax

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